In their steadfast duty to care and advocate for patients…as well as their own families and friends…nurses often neglect their own health and wellbeing. Read these articles to find out why and how you should take care of your own mind, body, and spirit.

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Mary*, a new manager in the operating room, prides herself on being a strong advocate for her staff, quickly acting on every issue with which she’s presented. So she’s a little surprised when her leader-mentor Susan tells her that she’s developing a reputation for being overly . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Kim S. Hitchings, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Tonya Kemp, RN; Sharon Kromer, BSN, RN; Barbara Labriola, MS, RN, CMSRN; and Lori Yesenofski, MSN, RN, CCRN

Since the Magnet® Vision was published in 2008, it has inspired actions by nurses at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH), a Magnet-recognized academic community hospital located in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2011, when LVH received its third Magnet designation, we dissected the vision statement to stimulate goals to help LVH continue . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: William Rosa, MS, RN, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC

We’ve all had days that push us toward the edge. The chaos likely starts around mid-shift and may go something like this: Radiology calls for bed 3, bed 6 is late for discharge, the emergency department is waiting to send two new admits, and Mr. Gilbert’s wife . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, CRRN, APRN, FAAN, and Michelle Miller, JD, RN

Registered nurses (RNs) with physical disabilities experience discrimination in the workplace. Researchers have found that nurses with disabilities often leave the nursing profession because they feel discriminated against or they fear they will jeopardize patient safety. However, there are no documented incidents of patient injury related specifically to a nurse . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

Thirty years ago, Brigadier General Sarah Wells began the tradition of gathering nurses together to place flowers on the graves of nurses who served in the U.S. military and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This biannual tradition continues today.
Wells served as Air Force Nurse Corps Chief from . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN

Moral distress occurs when one recognizes one’s moral responsibility in a situation; evaluates the various courses of action; and identifies, in accordance with one’s beliefs, the morally correct decision—but is then prevented from following through.

The literature is replete with the mounting evidence of the incidence and . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Author: Tracey Long, PhD, RN, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE, CHUC, CCRN

“I hate my body.”
“I’m such a fat, worthless cow.”
“Where did all these gray hairs and wrinkles come from?”
“I have total thunder thighs.”
“How could anyone find me attractive when I look like this?”
“My body is such a burden.”
If you’re like 97% of the . . .

August 2016 Vol. 11 No. 8

Author: Susan Bartlett, BSN, RN

In a perfect world, we nurses would be inspired daily by our patient experiences. They would come in such abundance that overtime, computer crashes, and 10-minute meal breaks would be minor nuisances brushed off like a piece of lint on our scrubs.

The reality is this: Some days are . . .

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Tara Slagle, MSN, BSN, RN


It’s been a stressful day at work — nothing new. Your patient fell, an I.V. line became occluded right when you were ready to hang a blood infusion, and a patient’s family became angry with you. We all experience stressful days, but unfortunately, sometimes we take our . . .